What are the top graduate User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) schools and colleges in the US for 2024?
|University of Washington
|Carnegie Mellon University
|University of Michigan
|Georgia Institute of Technology
|University of Maryland
|San Jose State University
|Academy of Art University
|Arizona State University
|ArtCenter College of Design
|University of California, Irvine
|School of Visual Arts
|University of California, Davis
|The New School – Parsons School of Design
|California College of the Arts
|Michigan State University
|University of North Texas
|Indiana University Bloomington
|University of Texas at Austin
|George Mason University
|University of California, Berkeley
|Maryland Institute College of Art
|University of Wisconsin-Madison
Our 2024 rankings of the Top 25 graduate UX/UI/HCI school programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
University of Washington (UW) has several graduate programs for students who are interested in UX/UI/HCI. Most options are based in UW’s College of Engineering. Serving approximately 5,615 undergraduate students, the College houses the Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) Department, which has MS and PhD options.
Students with a bachelor’s degree and two years of work experience can also earn a User-Centered Design (UCD) certificate. This evening graduate program consists of four courses including three required courses (User-Centered Design, Usability Studies, and UX Speaker Series) and one elective. Sample electives include User-Centered Web Design; Interaction Design & Prototyping; and Information Visualization.
The College of Engineering at University of Washington also houses the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering which, in partnership with HCDE, the Information School, the Division of Design in the School of Art + Art History + Design, and faculty from other UW departments, comprises an award-winning research group known as Design: Use: Build (DUB).
This cross-disciplinary collective serves 33 students (from more than a dozen academic backgrounds), enrolled in a Master of Human-Computer Interaction and Design (MHCI + D). The project-based curriculum for the program consists of a core and electives. Examples of core courses include Design of Interactive Systems; Ideation Studio; Usability/User Research; and Interdisciplinary HCI+D Seminar (DUB Seminar). Elective examples include Interactive Information Visualization; Advanced Introduction to HCI; Usability Studies; Input and Interaction; Designing Information Experiences; and Advanced Projects in IxD.
Students may also take the Portfolio and Professional Practices course which focuses on creating a portfolio, both online and for a portfolio presentation. The course also addresses other professional practices, such as job searches.
After 11 intense months of study, the MHCI+D program at University of Washington culminates with a Capstone project. This three-course, 14 credit hour culminating experience includes the Capstone Planning Seminar; Research Studio; and Capstone Studio. In teams, students will choose a focus area such as health, assistive technology, travel, the environment, education, or retail. Student teams will navigate the iterative design, prototyping, and evaluation process, resulting in an exhaustive project solution and presentation.
The HCDE PhD at University of Washington is a 90 credit hour program designed for students seeking careers as researchers and scholars. During the first two years students will select a dissertation advisor, begin their research in a concentration area and complete academic coursework. Examples of concentration areas include Human-Centered Data Science; Inclusive Design; Socia Computing; and Science & Technology Studies. The remainder of the program consists of extensive research and the completion of the dissertation.
The HCDE MS at University of Washington is an interdisciplinary program that attracts students who are interested in designing, researching, and engineering interactive technology. 50 credits are required to graduate. This includes 26 credits of HCDE electives and elective courses in specialized content areas, and 24 credits of required courses such as Usability Studies; User-Centered Design; and Experimental Methods.
Specialized content areas include Design, Strategy, and Engineering. Course examples across areas include Designing a Human Centered Venture; Information Visualization; International User Experiences and Communication; Physical Computing and Prototyping; User-Centered Web Design; and Design and Management of Complex Systems. Elective examples include Empirical Traditions; UX Speaker Series; Web Design Studio; Programming Concepts; DUB Seminar; Computational Concepts in HCDE; and the Internship.
The HCDE MS program at UW culminates with a Capstone project. Graduates are prepared for leadership roles in HCDE education, government, industry, and non-profits.
Across programs, examples of companies and organizations that have hired UW HCDE alumni include Boeing, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Google, Disney, Alaska Airlines, Intel, Expedia Group, IBM Designs, Intuit, Lyft, GoDaddy, Razorfish, T-Mobile, NBC Universal, Accenture, GE Digital, Capital One, Verizon, Publicis Sapient, Getty Images, Getty Images, Adobe, Nike, Starbuck’s, , Raytheon Technologies, Cisco, Uber, and Bungie, Inc.
Established in 1861, University of Washington serves approximately 60,095 students across campuses in Seattle (main), Bothell, and Tacoma, Washington. Collectively, these campuses provide more than 470 programs and 845 degrees housed across 18 colleges and schools. University of Washington is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). UW Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
2. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has two graduate programs for students seeking leadership roles in UX/UI/HCI. Options include the Master of Human-Computer Interaction (MHCI) and the Master of Design (MDes) in Design for Interactions.
The MHCI at CMU is the first program in the world dedicated to preparing professionals for careers related to HCI, user-centered research, and User-centered Design (UCD). Launched in 2020, Human-Computer Interaction at CMU is part of the School of Computer Sciences’ (SCS) Human–Computer Interaction Institute (HCII).
The MHCI at Carnegie Mellon University is a three-semester, interdisciplinary program that requires seven core HCI courses. This includes HCI Pro-Seminar: Communications in HCI; User-Centered Research and Evaluation (UCRE); Interaction Design Studio 1 and 2; Programming Usable Interfaces (PUI) or Software Structures for User Interfaces (SSUI); and HCI Project I and II.
Electives for this STEM-designated program allow students to take courses within the Robotics Institute; Dietrich College of Humanities; the School of Design; Tepper School of Business; the College of Fine Arts; and the School of Computer Science. Some popular elective courses include UI in Developing Worlds; Cognitive Modeling for HCI; Tangible Interaction Design Studio; Gadgets, Sensors & Activity Recognition in HCI; Dramatic Structures of Interactive Games; Applied Machine Learning; and Robotics.
The MHCI program at Carnegie Mellon University culminates with the MHCI Capstone. This seven-month experience consists of a research and design team project with an external industry client. Past clients have included NASA, Meta, Cisco, PNC Bank, Amazon Music, Zazzle, CarMax, Discover, American Eagle Outfitters, Mastercard, the Pittsburgh Foundation, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and Clemente Museum.
The MDes in Design for Interactions at Carnegie Mellon University is housed in the School of Design (SoD). One of the oldest design programs in the nation, the CMU SoD serves approximately 250 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs. CMU is one of the few universities in the U.S. to provide design degrees at all levels.
Designed for students with a degree in a design-related field and at least one year of professional experience, the MDes attracts students from the user experience design, communication design, service design, product design, and architecture fields. The program is interdisciplinary, which allows students to pursue courses and opportunities across departments. Course examples for the program include Designing for Interactions; Design Lab; Research Based Design for Interactions; Design Seminar; Advanced Interaction & Service Design Concepts; and Communication Design Theory & Practice.
The MDes program also provides the opportunity to work on individual and team-based projects while exploring design principles, theories, and tools for designing interactions. Seminars, studios, and labs are part of the program as well as a thesis and final project (individual). The thesis consists of the following six courses: Thesis Prep I-IV and MDes Project I-II.
The MDes in Design for Interactions at CMU is a terminal degree in design. This means, graduates are prepared to pursue leadership roles across industries; seek entry-level teaching and research positions at universities; or enroll in a design-focused PhD program.
CMU School of Design graduates are employed at top design firms, global companies, nonprofits, and more. Examples include Apple, Google, Microsoft, IDEO, Facebook, Skype, Pinterest, R/GA, Mayo Clinic, Volkswagen/Audi, Whirlpool, Motorola, the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and global creative agency Isobar.
Founded on November 15, 1900 by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Mellon University opened its doors as Carnegie Technical Schools. Today, this private global research university provides more than 200 programs to approximately 16,780 students representing 126 countries. In addition to the main campus in Pennsylvania, CMU has campuses in California's Silicon Valley and Doha, Qatar.
Housed across seven colleges and schools, Carnegie’s academic programs are also provided in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico, and Portugal. Carnegie Mellon University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
3. Stanford University, Stanford, California
The School of Engineering at Stanford University was established in 1925. Serving more than 1,500 students, the School houses nine academic departments and several institutes. The interdisciplinary Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (also known as "the d.school") brings together faculty and students in business, engineering, education, humanities, and medicine to learn design thinking and address problems in a human-centered way. The Woods Institute for the Environment is a collaboration between students, staff, and faculty from the centers and institutes at Stanford. The Institute highlights education, interdisciplinary research, and outreach with a focus on the environment and sustainability.
Another Stanford Engineering highlight is Global Engineering Programs (GEP). Through GEP, students have access to international opportunities such as self-designed engineering internships. These internships allow students to learn about technology and engineering in a global context; gain real world experience in an environment; and build professional networks.
Established in 1965, the Department of Computer Science within Stanford School of Engineering houses the graduate CS program. Leading to an MS, this option provides the opportunity to enroll in an in-demand specialization such as Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Artificial Intelligence, Visual Computing, or Systems. The program features hands-on learning; research opportunities; and participation in the internship program.
Possible courses for the graduate CS program with an HCI specialization include Introduction to HCI Design; Interaction Design Studio; Topics in Human-Computer Interaction; Human Centered Product Management; Human-Computer Interaction Seminar; Design for Learning: Connection and Community; Programming Methodologies; Web Applications; Social Computing; Data Visualization; Computer Graphics and Imaging; Client-Side Internet Technologies; and Computer Organization and Systems.
Students with an undergraduate degree can also earn an HCI graduate certificate. Consisting of at least three courses and the highly recommended Human-Computer Interaction Seminar, this program prepares students for positions that require skills such as building virtual social environments, creating visualizations, and designing user interfaces. Students in this program have access to many of the same courses as students in the MS program do.
Across programs, graduates are also prepared for careers in Computer Science and any industry that requires a background in HCI, UX and UI. Examples of companies that routinely hire Stanford alumni include Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon, Meta, Netflix, Snapchat, VMware, LinkedIn, and Arista Networks.
Stanford University was established in 1885 by former California Governor Leland Stanford, and his wife, Jane. The school opened its doors on October 1, 1891 with 555 students. Today, Stanford University is home to approximately 17,325 students served 2,300+ faculty members. Nearly 300 programs are provided across seven schools, supplemented by dozens of centers, institutes, and labs. Schools include Engineering; Humanities and Sciences; Sustainability; Business; Education; Law; and Medicine. Stanford University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
4. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
The School of Information at University of Michigan (U-M) houses one of the American Library Association’s longest continually accredited programs. It first received accreditation in 1926-27 and most recently in 2017. Leading to a Master of Science in Information (MSI), the program has as status of Continued accreditation. Serving approximately 1,800 students and known as UMSI, the School of Information provides five degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD levels.
Serving 590 students, the MSI is the school’s largest program. Highlights for this professional, interdisciplinary degree include courses taught by top professionals in their respective fields; experiential learning; hands-on projects; access to courses and dual degrees at across 96 University of Michigan programs; internships; and career advising.
Consisting of 48 credit hours, the U-M MSI program explores human computer interaction (HCI) and user experience (UX); data science; digital archives; analytics; and library science. However, students have the opportunity to customize the curriculum by choosing coursework in user experience research and design, human computer interaction, and social computing; digital archives, library science, and preservation; or data science, data analytics, and computational social science.
UX, HCI, and Socia Computing explores areas such as interaction design, usability testing, product design, mobile applications, virtual reality systems, website design, and social media. Course examples include UX Research and Design; User-Centered Agile Development; Developing AR/VR Experiences; Information Architecture; Graphic Design and Visual Communications; Building Interactive Applications; Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation; Programming; Developing Mobile Experiences, and Pervasive Interaction Design.
The MSI program at University of Michigan culminates with a final project. Approximately 93% of graduates are working in their chosen field. MSI program alumni hold titles such as UX Designer, Digital Product Manager, Experience Designer Researcher, UX/UI Designer, Virtual Reality User Researcher, Senior UX Researcher, Product Design Manager, Project Manager, Interaction Designer, Senior Analyst, and Senior Backend Developer.
Program alumni have been hired at places such as Microsoft, Amazon, Google, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Alibaba Group, Deloitte Digital, Samsung, U.S. Department of Labor, Ford Motor Company, Eli Lily, Cisco Systems, Meta, IBM, Ernst & Young, General Motors, Caterpillar, PNC, Visa, Transunion, Humana, Walmart Global Tech, Sams Club, Accenture, SoFi, CVS Health, Procter & Gamble, and Slalom.
University of Michigan is one of the first public universities in the nation. Established in 1817 in Detroit, Michigan, the school serves 52,065 students, making it the largest school in the state for the third consecutive year. U-M provides more than 275 degree programs across 19 colleges and schools. University of Michigan is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
5. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
With 15,245 students, five schools, and 19 degree programs, the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is one of the largest technology colleges in the U.S. Among the offerings here is an MS in Human-Computer Interaction (MS-HCI) that draws from four schools including Interactive Computing; Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC); Industrial Design; and Psychology.
This multidisciplinary program requires 36 credit hours, taken over four semesters. Regardless of the school, students will take the same fixed core courses. These include HCI Professional Preparation and Practice; Human-Computer Interaction Foundations; and Psychology Research Methods for HCI.
In addition, students will take courses related to their specialization, as well as electives across a wide range of areas such as Human-Robot Interaction; Human Factors; Technology Management; Computer Science, Industrial and Systems Engineering; and Cognitive Science. Specializations include Interactive Computing; Digital Media (DM, through the School of LMC); Industrial Design; and Psychology. With the exception of Psychology, all specializations provide numerous opportunities to immerse in HCI and related-coursework.
Across areas, students can choose from courses and electives such as Principles of User Interface Software; Human-Centered Computing; Interface Prototyping: Exploring Tools & Theories; Mixed Reality Experience Design; Human-Robot Interaction; Special Problems in Human-Computer Interaction; Prototyping Interactive Systems; Human-Centered Data Analysis; Service Design, Brand & Value Creation; Game Artificial Intelligence; Information Visualization; Physical Prototyping in HCI; Information and Communication Technologies and Global Development; Visualizing Communication for Interaction; Design of Interactive Environments; Discovery and Invention in Digital Media; Wearable Technologies for Health; Universal Design; and Web Design Accessibility.
In addition to access to in-demand courses, all Georgia Tech MS-HCI students have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Technology Management from the College of Management. Students will also complete a mandatory internship during the summer after their first year of study.
Graduates of the MS-HCI program have been hired at companies across the U.S. and around the globe. Across programs, Georgia Tech alumni have been hired by companies such as Microsoft, Google, Boeing, Apple, IBM, Disney, Tesla, Intel, Cisco Systems, and Delta Airlines
Georgia Institute of Technology was founded on October 13, 1885. The school opened in 1888, with 129 students enrolled in one degree program—the Mechanical Engineering BS. Today, Georgia Tech serves approximately 45,300 students from all 50 states and 149 countries.
More than 180 degree programs and minors are provided across six distinct colleges, 28 schools, and three campuses in Atlanta, Georgia (main); Georgia Tech-Lorraine in Metz, France; and Georgia Tech-Shenzhen in China. Georgia Institute of Technology is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
6. University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
The College of Information Studies (INFO College or iSchool) at University of Maryland (UMD) is home to the graduate Human-Computer Interaction (HCIM) program. Leading to an MS, the HCIM program provides opportunities to connect with one of more than 400 top government and industry partners through the INFO Corporate Partnership Program. Employers, corporations, and organizations engage with students through hands-on capstone projects, internships, and campus events.
Examples of industry and government partners include the U.S. Department of Defense, Smithsonian, National Archives, Department of the Interior, Microsoft, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Google, IBM, World Bank, CISCO, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Adobe, PayPal, Capital One, Fidelity, Verizon Wireless, Bloomberg, PBS, Nickelodeon, the Washington Post, American Airlines, Honda, BlueCross BlueShield, and Blackboard.
The College of Information Studies at University of Maryland UMD also provides hands-on learning opportunities at the school’s research centers and labs. Examples include the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL); the Center for Archival Futures (CAFe); the Values-Centered Artificial Intelligence (VCAI) Initiative; and the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing (CLIP) Lab.
The interdisciplinary HCIM MS program at University of Maryland requires 30 credit hours. This includes 12 credits of core courses, 12 credits of electives, and six credits including two Capstone or Thesis courses. Core courses explore Human-Computer Interaction, User Experience, User Interfaces, Design, Research Methods, Data Analysis, and Programming. Electives allow students to focus in an area such as Data Visualization, Usability, or Privacy.
For the two-semester Capstone, students work in groups to conduct user research and prototype designs for real clients. This option allows students to gain valuable experience in project management, UX design, user research, and front-end development. The two-semester Thesis option is a self-directed research-focused experience that results in a 70- to 100-page thesis. This option is ideal for students who wish to pursue a research-intensive career or pursue a PhD.
The iSchool at University of Maryland has a 96.5% placement rate (employment or continued education). Graduates are prepared to pursue a variety of roles such as User Experience Designer, User Interface Designer, User Experience Researcher, Interaction Designer, Visual Designer, Product Designer, Information Architect, and Usability Analyst.
UMD iSchool alumni have gone on to reconstruct the New York Times UX; address Chicago’s information infrastructure; govern the American Library Association (ALA); and oversee social media for the United Nations. Alumni have also worked with (or currently work for) companies and organizations such as Google, Deloitte, Aspera (IBM), Capital One, PBS, American Airlines, the New York Times, Cisco, Johns Hopkins University, the NIH, Ericsson, PayPal, VistaPrint, and Blackboard.
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland is the flagship institution of the State of Maryland. The school employs more than 14,000 faculty and staff members that serve approximately 40,710 students. UMD provides more than 300 academic programs across 12 colleges. University of Maryland is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
7. San Jose State University, San Jose, California
The College of Humanities and the Arts and the College of Engineering at San Jose State University (San Jose State or SJSU) provide two graduate programs for students seeking careers in UX/UI/HCI. Options include the Master of Design (MDes) with a specialization in Experience Design (XD), and the Human Factors and Ergonomics MS (HFE MS).
Housed in the Department of Design within the College of Humanities and the Arts, the MDes with a specialization in XD is a two-year, multidisciplinary program that highlights advanced studio courses, seminars, and internship opportunities at the companies, museums, design firms, and start-ups in Silicon Valley. Students in this 60-unit program also have the opportunity to take on a teaching assistantship and/or collaborative projects with faculty as research assistants. The XD specialization requires 20 units. Students will select courses from the following options: Design Research Methodologies; Human Dimensions in Experience Design; Designing with Data & Emergent Technology; Graduate Studio: Experience Design (to be completed twice) and Professional Practices. Other course examples (core) include Contextual Studies; Graduate Seminar in Design; and Professional Writing in Design.
The culminating experience for the MDes at San Jose State University is the Master’s Project. Throughout this four-unit course, students will work with an approved faculty chair and committee to execute, publicly exhibit, and defend the merits of their Master’s project.
Graduates of the MDes program have gone on to work at tech companies, consulting firms, and start-ups such as Samsung, Chase, Whipsaw, IDEO, Tesla, Astro Studios, LinkedIn, Yelp, Airbnb, Lyft, and Volkswagen. Program alumni have also gone on to work in academia, pursue research careers, and enroll in PhD programs at top universities.
The Human Factors and Ergonomics MS at San Jose State University is housed in the College of Engineering’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE). This STEM-designated, interdisciplinary program that provides multiple tracks and emphasis areas that focus on Human-Computer Interaction; Human-System Integration in Workplace and Production Design; and User Experience, among others. Students in all options have ample opportunities to study UX/UI/HCI.
Across options, students will take courses such as Human-Computer Interaction; Interaction Design I-II; Usability Evaluation and Testing; Interactive and Interface Design; UI Design; Research in Human-Computer Interaction; Ethnographic Techniques; Ergonomics for Design; and Seminar in Perception. The culminating experience for the program is the Thesis (Plan A) or Project (Plan B).
Graduates of College of Engineering at San Jose State University are prepared for leadership roles in areas such as computer networking, manufacturing, government, healthcare, aerospace, internet and software, telecommunications, civil engineering, and many others. SJSU Engineering alumni have been hired at places such as NASA, Amazon, Lockheed Martin, Google, Tesla, eBay, Apple, Cisco, SAP SE, Intel, IBM, Kohl’s, PayPal, and the City of San Jose.
Established in 1857, San Jose State University is Silicon Valley’s Public University. Serving approximately 36,000 students, the school provides more than 250 areas of study at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Programs at SJSU are housed across nine colleges and dozens of departments and schools. San Jose State University is accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
8. Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California
The School of Interaction & UI/UX Design at Academy of Art University has two graduate programs for students seeking leadership roles in UI/UX. Options include MA and MFA degrees in Interaction and UI/UX Design. Across programs, students benefit from hands-on learning and state-of-the-art classrooms and access to Motion Graphics Labs, Computer Labs, and virtual and augmented reality studios featuring the latest software, equipment, and emerging technologies
Students in the School of Interaction & UI/UX Design also benefit from guest speakers, workshops, and collaborations with designers and artists outside the classroom, as well as internship opportunities at major tech companies such as Google, X (formerly known as Twitter), LinkedIn, PayPal, Eventbrite, Facebook, and GoPro.
The MA and MFA at Academy of Art University share many of the same courses. Examples include User Experience Design; Digital Graphics; Visual Design and Typography; Copywriting; and Motion Graphics and Video. MA students will take other courses such as History of Graphic Design; Future Agency; and User Experience: Human Centered Design. MFA students will take other courses such as Balancing Creativity and Profitability; Directed Study; and Professional Practices for Designers and Advertisers.
The MA program culminates with a final project portfolio. The MFA program culminates with a portfolio and a final thesis. All graduates are prepared to pursue careers in UX/UI/HCI.
Graduates of the Interaction and UI/UX Design programs at Academy of Art University have gone on to work with corporate sponsors and other companies across the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley and around the world. Examples of companies that have hired Academy of Art graduates include Apple, Google, IBM, Sapient Razorfish, LinkedIn, Tesla, Ancestry, Facebook, and AKQA.
Established in 1929 and serving more than 7,000 students, Academy of Art is one of the nation’s largest private art and design schools. Family-owned and divided into 22 schools, Academy of Art University provides more than 125 degree programs across 40+ areas of study. Programs lead to the AA, BA, BFA, BS, B. Arch, MAT, MA, MFA and M. Arch degrees. The Academy of Art is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
9. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
The College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University (ASU) is home to the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering—the nation’s largest engineering program. Housing eight schools, Fulton provides nearly 50 graduate and 25 undergraduate programs to approximately 31,815 students from all 56 states and nearly 160 countries. Within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is The Polytechnic School, which houses the User Experience MS (UX MS) program.
Students in this STEM-designated program will explore the design, development, and analysis of products and services, user interaction, UX research, communication, and content development. Required courses include Cross-Media Design Solutions; User Experience; Usability and User Experience; Fundamentals of Technical Communication; Methods and Tools in Human Systems Engineering; and Foundations of Human Systems Engineering.
Electives allow students to gain knowledge in different areas of UX. Two elective courses are allowed. Examples include Interaction Design, Planning and Implementation; Human Factors in Medical Systems; Content Management and Topic-Based Authoring; Product Design and Evaluation; Global Issues in Technical Communication; and Human Factors in Transportation. Students may also complete an internship.
The UX MS program at Arizona State University culminates with the User Experience Capstone. Students in this final course will create a document and synthesis of the graduate experience.
Graduates of the program are prepared for positions in areas such as User Experience, Human-Computer Interaction, User Research, Interaction Design, Design Research, Interface Design, Digital Visualization Design, Usability Testing, and Human Factors Research.
Thanks to Career Fairs hosted by the Fulton Schools throughout the year, UX MS graduates have the potential to interview with major companies and organizations such as the U.S. Federal Government, Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Lockheed Martin, Oracle, Verizon, Cisco Systems, American Express, Honeywell, the U.S. Armed Forces, Deloitte, General Motors, American Airlines, Epic Systems, Intel, Cox Communications, Starbucks, Infosys Limited, Choice Hotels International, eBay, and PayPal.
Arizona State University opened on Feb. 8, 1886 as Territorial Normal School (TNS)—the state’s first higher education institution. On the first day of class, TNS welcomed 33 students to a four-classroom building in Tempe, Arizona. Today, ASU serves approximately 142,635 students from across the U.S. and close to 160 other countries. More than 800 degree programs are provided across four campuses, 16 colleges and schools, and ASU Online. Arizona State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Engineering at ASU is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
10. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Purdue Polytechnic Institute is one of the 10 colleges of Purdue University. Serving approximately 5,605 students, this technology college provides more than 65 programs across seven departments and schools that emphasize innovation, hands-on learning, and interdisciplinary study. The Department of Computer Graphics Technology (CGT) here provides seven career-ready programs at all degree levels.
Computer Graphics Technology includes UX Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Animation, Data Visualization, Game Studies, and Digital Enterprise Systems.
At the graduate level, Polytechnic students can earn a Computer Graphics Technology MS (CGT MS) or a PhD in Technology. Serving 90 students, the CGT MS program has a STEM-designated UX Design concentration that requires a minimum of 15 credit hours. Students in the PhD program can customize the program and research areas by selecting CGT coursework or courses from any department or concentration.
Required courses for the UX Design concentration include Foundational Readings of User Experience Design; Qualitative Research Methods in Technology Studies; UXD Graduate Studio 1: Fundamentals; and UXD Studio 2: Cross-Channel. Students can choose additional courses from a list of “selectives.” Examples include Interaction Design Evaluation; Cognition for Interaction Design; Interactive Multimedia Development & Research; Cognition and Human-Computer Interaction; Information Technology Project Management; Crowd Powered Systems; Human Factors in Engineering; Job Design; Cognitive Engineering of Interactive Software; and Design Theory and Technology.
Graduate students also have access to the Design, Visualization & Cognition (DVC) Lab; the Design & Engineering for Making (DE4M) Lab; and UXD Grad Experience Studios. This experiential learning opportunity allows students to work in teams on real-world projects to solve design projects. Participating Studios students will graduate with at least 3.5 years of industry experience, contacts within the industry, and a clear understanding of industry job requirements.
Graduates of the CGT MS and Technology PhD programs at Purdue University are prepared to seek leadership roles across all industries that utilize UX Design. Job titles include UX/UI Senior Designer, Senior User Experience Engineer, UX Lead, Product Manager, Senior Front-end Developer, Senior Information Designer, User Researcher, UX Manager, User Interface Designer, UX Developer, and Interaction Designer. Potential employers include Deloitte, Microsoft, Amazon, DreamWorks, Google, JPMorgan Chase, and Salesforce.
Established in 1869, Purdue University serves approximately 52,210 students from all 50 states and 135+ countries. Approximately 11% of all students are enrolled in Purdue Polytechnic Institute. Purdue provides more than 400 programs across 11 academic colleges and schools. Purdue University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
11. ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, California
ArtCenter College of Design (ArtCenter) has a graduate Interaction Design program that explores interface design, human-computer interaction, and data visualization. Leading to Master of Design (MDes), this 36 credit hour program emphasizes hands-on product and experience design projects with engineers, investors, product managers, and other collaborators. ArtCenter industry partners include Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Ford, Netflix, BMW, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, Facebook, Walt Disney Imagineering, Riot Games, Honda, Blizzard Entertainment, and WB.
Through hands-on prototyping and labs, students will also create UX and interaction design work for their final project and portfolio.
In addition to UX design, research, and technologies such as machine learning and AI, the curriculum for the ArtCenter MDes focuses on professional creative development. Course examples include IxD History and Futures; Creative Prototyping 1 and 2; Product, Services, Systems; Writing for Interaction; Investing in People, Process, and Leadership; Design Research and Strategy; and Topic Studio.
At the end of each semester, MDes students will complete a Grad Lab course. This program requirement consists of assignments, weekly one-on-one group meetings, workshops, and a lecture series. In the Lab, students will also have opportunities to complete an internship and participate in conferences and competitions.
The Interaction Design MDes at ArtCenter College of Design culminates with the Capstone and Thesis. Final work will be shown across multiple mediums such as code, video, streaming, and mixed fidelity prototypes. The MDes can be completed in just one year.
Graduates of the Interaction Design MDes program at ArtCenter College of Design are prepared to pursue careers and leadership roles such as UX Designer, UI Designer, Digital Director, Interaction Designer (IxD), Lead Designer, User Researcher, Information Architect, Creative Director, Content Strategist, Creative Technologist, Producer, Social Media Director, Design Strategist, Mobile Designer, Designer/Developer (front-end or back-end), and Web Designer.
ArtCenter College of Design serves approximately 2,425 students from across the U.S. and more than 50 countries. Founded in 1930, ArtCenter has campuses in Pasadena and Los Angeles, California, along with satellite studios in Petersen Automotive Museum (Miracle Mile, Los Angeles), and Berlin, Germany. ArtCenter provides 21 degree programs in the industrial design, and visual and applied arts disciplines. Undergraduate minors in Business, Creative Writing, Material Science, Research, and Social Innovation, are also available.
ArtCenter College of Design is fully accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
12. University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California
The Donald Bren School of Informatics & Computer Sciences (ICS) at University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine or UCI) is home to the Department of Informatics. Within the Department is the world’s only mixed format, low residency, one-year Master of Human-Computer Interaction and Design (MHCID). Fully accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and overseen by the Academic Senate of the University of California, the MHCID combines flexible online learning with in-person accelerated courses.
The curriculum for the MHCID program consists of coursework from the Arts, Business, Computer Science, Education, Humanities, Informatics, and Social Sciences at UC Irvine. Courses explore user experience design and development, visual design, user facing software development, human behavior and cognition, ideation and design processes, communication, universal design, current trends in user experience, and more.
Sample courses Overview of HCI and Design; User Needs Analysis; Design and Prototyping; User Experience and Evaluation; Advanced Design and Prototyping; Applying HCI and Design in Industry; and Interactive Technology Studio. The curriculum also consists of a three-day Spring Intensive, which provides the opportunity for hands-on instruction and networking with students, faculty, alumni, and advisory board members.
The Intensive also helps kick off the capstone project, which is the culminating experience for the MHCID program. The Capstone Project in HCI and Design (course 287) is a group project allows students to take all that they have learned to create a final project. Project teams of four to six students will work with industry partners to solve a variety of user experience challenges across industries such as healthcare, retail, education, and more. Past ICS partners include Boeing, Google, Blizzard Entertainment, Experian, Sony Picture Studios, and Thales Avionics.
The Capstone Project and Portfolio (course 288, Summer quarter) marks the completion of all capstone projects and development of professional portfolios. All projects are presented at the end of the program.
Graduates of the Master of Human-Computer Interaction and Design program at UC Irvine are prepared to pursue positions such as User Experience Designer, Product Manager, Software Architect, Interaction Designer, Creative Director, UX Engineer, UX Prototyper, Lead Designer, Social Media Director Product Designer, Systems Engineer, Front-End Developer, and Content Strategist.
With more than 1,200 faculty members and 10,000 staff, University of California, Irvine is the largest employer in Orange County California. Established in 1965, the school serves approximately 37,245 students enrolled in more than 220 programs across 18 colleges, schools, and divisions. University of California, Irvine is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
13. School of Visual Arts, New York, New York
The School of Visual Arts (SVA) has an Interaction Design MFA that consists of 60 credit hours. Learning for this collaborative program takes place in a studio environment where students work in transdisciplinary teams to solve real-world problems. Projects and activities take place in the studio and on-site at New York organizations. Students will have opportunities to gain additional experience through participation in the Summer internship program. Internships take place between the first and second years of the MFA program.
Students can expect to take courses such as Fundamentals of Physical Computing; The Advanced Fundamentals of UX; Framing User Experiences; Narrative and Interactivity; Conversation Design; Service Design and Transformation; Hello World: The Logic of Interaction; Strategic Innovation in Product/Service Design; Design Management; Augment Ideas into Reality; Foundations for Responsible Design; Future (Im)perfect: Exploring the Hidden Ethics of Emerging Technologies; Leadership, Ethics and Professional Practices; Smart Objects; and Entrepreneurial Design.
In the final year of the Interaction Design MFA program at the School of Visual Arts, students will complete the Thesis requirement across two courses—Thesis I: Development and Thesis II: Presentation. While most courses are worth 1-3 credits, Thesis courses are worth six credits each.
Graduates are prepared for careers in UI/UX Design, Interaction Design, and many others across industries. Some Interaction Design MFA graduates have gone on to launch their own start-ups, while others have been hired at companies and organizations such as Apple, Reuters, Facebook, Johnson & Johnson, R/GA, IDEO, X (formerly Twitter), frog design, and Yelp.
The School of Visual Arts was founded in 1947 as the Cartoonists and Illustrators School by artists Silas H. Rhodes and Burne Hogarth (Tarzan). With over 1,100 New York City-based professionals working in the arts as faculty, SVA serves more than 7,000 students enrolled in 31 programs. To date, the School of Visual Arts has graduated more than 40,000 artists, designers, writers, filmmakers, photographers and other creative professionals. SVA is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
14. University of California Davis, Davis, California
University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is home to the only comprehensive academic design department in the University of California System. Part of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science, the Department of Design houses a range of resources to accommodate all majors. Students in the Department have access to prototyping labs, computer studios, tool rooms, and the Design Museum. Design Department students also have the opportunity to join clubs, participate in competitions, and access Handshake, which lists more than 100 industry internship and job opportunities.
At the graduate level, the UC Davis Department of Design has an MFA program that allows students to choose their own path. Students may work on collaborative projects with students and faculty; they may focus on intensive studio activity; they have the option to collaborate with across more than 100 departments and programs at UC Davis; or students may focus on sustainability and its relationship to the design practice.
MFA students may also choose an emphasis from nine areas. Examples include Interactive Design; Visual Communication; History and Theory of Design; Product Design; and Exhibition Design. For students interested in UX/UI/HCI, the Interactive Design emphasis is the most popular option.
The interactive Design emphasis is interdisciplinary, allowing students to pursue courses in areas such user experience, interface design, human-computer interaction (HCI), machine learning, wearable technologies, interactive objects, and data representation. Students may also pursue group and independent studies, as well as elective course outside the department in Computer Science, Cinema and Digital Media, Engineering, Science and Technology, and Psychology.
In addition to emphasis area courses and electives, Interactive Design students will take core courses such as Theories of Design; Studio Practice & Critique; Methodologies and Literature Review; Professional Practices and Ethics; and Collaborative Studio.
The Design MFA program at University of California, Davis culminates with the Thesis Exhibition. Graduates are prepared for advanced-level positions and leadership roles across industries. Department of Design alumni have been hired at companies, studios, and publications such as Apple, Disney, Vanity Fair, Whole Foods, Lululemon, Pottery Barn, and Gap, Inc.
University of California Davis opened in 1908 as the research and science-based instruction extension of UC Berkeley known as University Farm. Today, UC Davis is one of the nation’s top 10 public universities, and the largest in area of the 10-campus UC system. Serving 40,850 students, the school is also the third largest university in the UC System. More than 200 majors and graduate degree programs are provided across 11 colleges and schools. University of California Davis is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
15. The New School – Parsons School of Design, New York, New York
Parsons School of Design is part of The New School. Within Parsons are two graduate paths to study UX/UI including the Design and Technology MFA and the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Communication Design. Across options, students have access to The New School XReality Center—home to the XR Reality Lab and XR-related events. The Lab emphasizes immersive learning; supports research and student projects; and hosts a variety of workshops and meetups.
The Design and Technology MFA is a 60 credit hour program that explores the interactive, visual, and narrative aspects of design technology. This highly collaborative program focuses on software programming and computation. Course examples include xFab Lecture and Lab; Cloud Salon; Creative Practice Seminar; Major Studio; and Critical Computation Lecture and Lab.
Students in this STEM-designated program will also complete a number of projects. Typical MFA projects involve interaction design, game design, new media art, digital fabrication, web and mobile apps, wearable technology, critical design, and data visualization. MFA students have had the opportunity to collaborate on projects with external partners such as Ralph Lauren, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met), United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Human Rights Watch, and One Plus.
The Design and Technology MFA at Parsons School of Design culminates the Thesis, which students will complete across two courses. Final projects are presented at the Design + Technology BFA/MFA Thesis Show. In 2023, the event was titled Entropy.
Graduates are prepared to pursue positions in areas such as UX/UI Design, Interaction Design, Game Design, Computer Software and Hardware Design, AR/VR, Motion Graphics, Virtual Reality and Immersion Experience Design, Mobile and Application Design, and Web Design.
The Communication Design MPS is a one-year, full-time program that allows students to supplement required coursework with two electives from other departments. Courses may explore aeras such as data visualization, marketing, and psychology.
During the first semester of the program, students will take the following required courses: Typography and Interaction; Major Studio 1; and Visual Culture Seminar. In the second and final semester, students will complete Typography and Interaction 2; Major Studio 2; and Methods and Practices. The program culminates with a final portfolio of the students best work.
Graduates of the Communication Design MPS program at The New School – Parsons School of Design are prepared for UX/UI careers in across industries. Examples include technology, education, health care, government, e-commerce, gaming, retail, banking, insurance, and travel.
The New School was founded in 1919. Serving approximately 10,815 students, the school provides more than 120 degree and diploma programs across six colleges and schools, including Parsons Paris. The New School is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
16. California College of the Arts, San Francisco and Oakland, California
Design at California College of the Arts (CCA) features hands-on learning; sponsored studios; required internships; and the opportunity to study abroad in places such as Paris, London, Japan, Iceland, Seoul and Mexico. Recent sponsored studios include Samsung, Intel, Visa, Bosch, Oracle, Lenovo, and Ford.
All CCA design students also have access to shops and studios designed for research, creating, and collaborating. Examples include Rapid Prototyping Studios; the IxD Studio Space; the interdisciplinary Hybrid Lab; and the VR Lab. Across spaces, students have access to HD monitors, 3D printers, whiteboards, iOS and Android tablets, digital fabrication tools, and lounge areas
For students interested in pursuing advanced roles in UX/UI/HCI, the Interaction Design MDes is the ideal option. Students in this one-year, STEM-designated program will explore design for systems, behavior, and interactive technology; create systems for interactive technology and behavior; master digital prototyping tools; create user scenarios, wireframes, and information flows; and collaborate with arts organizations and nonprofits.
Courses for the program are led by practicing designers in areas such as user interface design, experience design, interactive media, service design, and game design. They work for Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, IDEO, and other companies in the Bay Area. Course examples for the program include IxD Studio: Foundations; Communication by Design; IxD Studio: Form; Social Lab 1-2; IxD Studio: Prototyping; Leadership by Design; IxD Studio: Systems; IxD Studio: Design, People, and Society; IxD Studio: Story, and IxD Studio: Experience.
Each semester, MDes students have the opportunity to take what they’ve learned in studio and apply it to collaborations with partners such as bookstores, educational nonprofits, arts organizations, and Bay Area neighborhoods. These hands-on experiences provide the practical skills students need to pursue advanced design, development, and leadership roles across industries.
Graduates of the Design MDes program at California College of the Arts are Social Entrepreneurs, User Experience Designers, Creative Design Leads, Interaction Designers, Creative Directors, Product Designers, Organizational Designers, and Visual Designers.
Established in 1907 as the School of the California Guild of Arts and Crafts, California College of the Arts had just three teachers and 43 students when it opened. Today, CCA employs 420 faculty members that serve just approximately 1,500 students enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate, graduate, minor, and dual degree options. California College of the Arts is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
17. Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University (MSU) is home to the College of Communication Arts and Sciences (ComArtSci). Within the ComArtSci is the Department of Media and Information (MI), which has two graduate degree programs for students interested in pursuing advanced roles in UX/UI/HCI. Options include the Media and Information MA with a focus in Human Computer Interaction, and the User Experience MS. Both programs are STEM-designated with access to labs, online courses, and opportunities to work on projects with real clients.
MA and MS students also benefit from small class sizes; faculty and media networks; and courses taught by faculty with research and professional experience. Course examples for the MA program include Usability and Accessibility; Interaction Design/Socio-Technical Systems; Understanding Users; and Theories of Games and Interaction Design.
MS students can expect to take courses such as User Research and Design; Current Topics in UX; Design for Interactivity; Quantitative Analysis and Insights in UX; Usability Evaluation; Programming Fundamentals for UX; and Social Science for Design.
To enhance the ComArtSci graduate degree programs, the Department of Media and Information encourages adding additional focus areas and/or building your own (e.g. HCI/Game Development or UX/Game Design); special topics; and participation in the MSU Internship Program. Examples of where students have interned include Apple, Fabrik Entertainment, ABC Studios, The Daily Show, and AutoZone.
The Media and Information MA and the User Experience MS programs at Michigan State University culminate with a final project or Capstone. Graduates are prepared to pursue roles in UX/UI/HCI across industries. Examples include technology, government, education, gaming, retail, education, health care, insurance, travel, banking, and e-commerce.
Established in 1855, Michigan State University is a land-grant, public research institution that serves more than 51,000 students. One of the largest and greenest campuses in the U.S., MSU houses more than 100 institutes and centers including the Institute of Global Health and the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. The school also houses over 400 programs of study across 17 degree-granting colleges. Michigan State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
18. University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
The College of Visual Arts and Design (CVAD) at University of North Texas (UNT) houses the Department of Design. Within the Department is the only MA with a concentration in Interaction Design (IxD) program in the North Texas region. Established in 2017, the Design MA provides a cross-disciplinary curriculum that explores design, social sciences, logistics, computing sciences, and marketing; hands-on projects with real clients; and the opportunity to interact with industry experts.
Courses for the MA in IxD are taught by experienced professionals in the field. Course examples include Foundations and Frameworks of Interaction Design; Human-Centered IxD; Interaction Design Maker Lab; Data and Information Visualization Design; Processes & Methodology for Innovation; Design Anthropology; and Methods Employed by Design Researchers.
Upon completion of the MA in IxD program at University North Texas, student will have the skills needed to develop human- and humanity-centered systems, services, and products. During the summer semester, students may complete a professional internship. In the final semester of the program, students will complete Interaction Design: Inception-to-Pitch Capstone Project. This is the culminating experience for the IxD MA.
Graduates of the MA in IxD program at University North Texas are prepared to pursue roles such as UX Designer, Creative Director, Information Architect, Experience Designer, Creative Design Lead, Interaction Designer, Organizational Designer, and Publication Designer. UNT CVAD alumni have been hired at places such as BBDO, Nike, Fossil, Walmart, Quanta Magazine, and Pentagram-New York.
Established in 1890 and employing more than 4,600 faculty and staff members, University of North Texas is one of the largest employers in the City of Denton, Texas. The school serves 46,940 students, making it one of the top 10 largest universities in Texas, and one of the largest in the U.S. Students at UNT have access to more than 200 degree options across 14 colleges and schools. University of North Texas is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
19. Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, Indianapolis, Indiana
The Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering at Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington) is the first school of its kind in the U.S. Serving more than 4,500 students, Luddy provides BS, MS and PhD programs that prepare professionals to solve problems through the use of information technology. The knowledge and skills acquired through the School can be applied in a variety of settings from education and healthcare to new media and games.
For students seeking advanced positions or leadership roles in UX/UI/HCI, the Luddy School at IU Bloomington has a STEM-designated Human-Computer Interaction (HCI/d) MS that takes two years to complete.
The first program in the U.S. to emphasize design as an equal partner to HCI, the HCI/d MS is an intensive degree that explores interaction design, design strategy, and user research methods as it relates to the development of interactive experiences, systems, and services. The program features studio courses; the option to focus the curriculum through 18 elective credits; and the opportunity to study abroad in places such as Greece and Finland.
Courses for the HCI/d MS at UI Bloomington are led by professionals in the field. Examples of core requirements include Introduction to HCI/d; Foundations of HCI/d; Meaning and Form in HCI/d; and Interaction Design Methods. Through these studio courses, students will work in teams on projects and explore areas such as experience design, HCI, design strategy, qualitative methods in HCI, UX research, project management, interaction design, and scholarship.
Electives options are endless and may include Experience Design; Topics: Visual Design for HCI; Mobile and Pervasive Design; Topics: Disney: Tech Tourism & Leisure; Human-Robot Interaction; Topics: Creating Virtual Assets; Design Strategy; Topics: Creativity and Innovation in Technology; Advanced Prototyping; Topics: Usable AI; and Technology Innovation.
Students will also gain hands-on experience by exploring the analysis and communicating of design insights, and they will work in teams to create strong design portfolio projects.
The HCI/d MS at Indiana University Bloomington culminates with the Capstone project, which consists of an independent project. Graduates of the program work in a variety of roles including UX Design Manager, UI Developer, UX Designer, UX Design Lead, UX Researcher, Product Manager, Information Architect, UX Engineer, Creative Director, Senior Front-End Designer/Developer, Product Designer, and Interaction Designer.
Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington is the flagship campus of Indiana University’s seven campuses and two regional centers. Indiana University serves more than 90,000 students, with approximately 45,330 enrolled at the Bloomington campus. This makes IU Bloomington the largest campus in the IU System. More than 300 programs are provided across 16 degree-granting colleges and schools, and the Hutton Honors College. Indiana University Bloomington is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
20. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
The School of Information at University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) is a founding member of the International iSchools Organization. This global consortium of 131 universities focuses in education research, and problem-solving in areas such as human-computer interaction, information organization and access, data science, information integrity, and bibliometrics. To date, iSchools has managed 10 projects and initiatives, hosted 18 conferences, and funded 20 grants.
Founded in 1948 And serving approximately 400 students, the School of Information at UT Austin (UT iSchool) provides a variety of programs at all degree levels. Among them is a MS in Information Studies (MSIS) that allows students to customize a plan of study from more than 15 suggested areas. Examples include User Experience (UX) Design; Human-Computer Interaction; User Experience (UX) Research; Human-Centered Data Science; Human-Centered AI and Data Science; and Data Engineering.
The flexible MSIS also allows students to obtain certifications, enroll in a dual degree, and/or engage in cross-disciplinary academic areas through Graduate Portfolio Programs. Students have plenty of opportunities to develop skills in multiple areas thanks to the programs 30 credit hours of electives—out of a total 36 credit hours to graduate. The only core course for the MSIS program is Perspectives on Information.
Electives can come from within or outside the iSchool. Examples of outside electives include Design Thinking (Center for Integrated Design); Data Analytics with Python (Department of Psychology); Introduction to Scientific Programming (Department of Statistics and Data Science); and Designing with Data (Center for Integrated Design).
Students in the MSIS (and all UT iSchool programs) have access to internship opportunities; study abroad experiences; and two labs including the Information eXperience Lab (IX Lab) and the Immersive Human Development Lab. The IX Lab is a state-of-the-art research facility that focuses on HCI, UX, usability, accessibility, and the interactions between humans and information sources.
The Immersive Human Development Lab specializes in the effects of virtual reality and immersive experiences across the lifespan from childhood to adulthood.
In the final year of the MSIS program at UT Austin, students will complete a Capstone. Four options are available including the Professional Experience Project (PEP); Master’s Report; School Library Practicum; and the Master’s Thesis. With the exception of the Master’s Thesis, which is six credit hours split between two semesters, all Capstone Experiences are three credit hours.
Graduates of the iSchool at University of Texas at Austin are prepared for advanced roles and leadership technology, government, business, products and services, education, and more. Top job titles include UX Designer, UX Design Lead, UX Researcher, Creative Director, Analyst, and Data Engineer.
University of Texas at Austin serves approximately 52,385 students, making it one of the largest universities in Texas. Founded in 1883, the school provides more than 155 undergraduate degree programs across 170+ fields of study, along with nearly 240 graduate degree programs—including close to 100 doctoral programs. The academic offerings at UT Austin are housed across 19 distinct colleges and schools. University of Texas at Austin is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
21. DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
The Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) at DePaul University (DePaul) houses the School of Design (SoD). Within the SoD are two programs for students who would like to pursue advanced studies in UX/UI/HCI. Options include the Human-Computer Interaction MS and the PhD in Human Centered Design. Both programs are interdisciplinary with access to the CDM Usability Lab and opportunities to contribute to organizations such as XD Roundtable and the Chicago Interaction Design Association.
The HCI MS explores focuses on areas such as interaction design, prototype development, exploratory user research, information architecture, and ICT evaluation. Course examples include Scripting for Interactive Systems; HCI Design Fundamentals I-II; Prototyping and Implementation; Interaction Design and Information Architecture; Information Architecture and Content Strategy; and Usability Evaluation Methods.
To enhance the degree, students have opportunities to take both HCI and Non-HCI electives. Marketing Management; Managing Change for Digital Transformation; Game Design Workshop; and Collaborative Projects Technologies for Leading Projects are just a few Non-HCI electives. Examples of HCI electives include Designing for Content Management Systems; UX Strategy and Web Analytics; Multimedia; Social Interaction Design; Design Ethnography; and User Experience Design Practicum.
The HCI MS culminates with the Human-Computer Interaction Capstone, where students work in teams to design, evaluate, and implement a user interface intensive project.
Graduates of the HCI MS programs at DePaul University are prepared to pursue leadership roles in HCI, user experience, user interface, computing, and interaction design in industries such as software development, healthcare, marketing, education, publishing, and many others.
Potential job titles include Lead UX/UI Designer, Creative Director, Product Manager, Usability Specialist, Mobile Web Application Developer, Game Developer (Learning), Senior Software Engineer, UX Researcher, Social Media Strategist, and Senior Web Developer. CDM alumni work at companies such as Microsoft, JP Morgan Chase, Allstate, and Grainger.
The Human Centered Design PhD at DePaul University prepares students to work in academia, government organization, and industry research labs such as IBM, Google, Lucent Technologies, and Motorola. Through advanced coursework, students will learn to design and conduct research studies; design human-centered experiences through research findings; and create experiences in a specific area. The program also explores academic and the process of reviewing literature.
The PhD program consists of three phases: Foundation; Design and Production; and Research. The Foundation Phase includes courses such as Design and Human Experience; Theories and Methods in Human-Centered Design; and Designing Interfaces for Emerging Technologies. In the Design and Production Phase, students must take one required course (Communication and Technology) and 32 credits from a preselected list of courses.
Examples include Introduction to User-Centered Design; Digital Design; Moving Image Workshop; Social Interaction Design; Perception and Cognition; Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction; Prototyping and Implementation; Health Informatics; Design Ethnography; and Accessibility Considerations in HCI.
In the Research Phase, PhD students have the opportunity to work with a faculty advisor and two additional faculty members to lead a small research project from inception to publication. Students will choose a specific focus area for the project. Options include human-centered design, learning sciences, game design and development, or interactive media. Work for the Research Phase will be completed over three designated courses: Independent Study; Research; and Candidacy Dissertation Research.
The Human Centered Design PhD at DePaul University requires 60 credit hours to graduate. Students typically complete the program in 4-5 years.
DePaul University is the largest Catholic university in the United States. Founded in 1898, the school is also the nation’s 12th-largest private, not-for-profit university, and the largest private, not-for-profit college in the Midwest. Serving approximately 20,920 students, DePaul provides more than 300 undergraduate majors and graduate programs across two campuses, and 10 academic colleges and schools. DePaul University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
22. George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
The College of Engineering and Computing at George Mason University (GMU) is home to the School of Computing, which houses the Department of Computer Science (CS). Serving approximately 3,765 student, GMU CS provides BS, MS, and PhD programs with a number of concentration and interdisciplinary options. At the graduate level, the school’s Information Systems (INFS) MS has a Human-Centered Computing concentration that requires a minimum of four additional courses (12 credit hours) outside general program requirements.
Students in this concentration will take two courses from the following: Advanced Human Computer Interaction; Interaction Design and Accessibility (AIT 642) or Interaction Design and Accessibility (COMP 642); and Interactive Visualization and Data Analytics. The remaining courses will come from electives. Options include User Interface Design and Development; Human-Computer Intelligent Interaction; Data Analytics in Social Media; Ethical and Legal Challenges in Computing; and Accessibility and Assistive Technologies.
Students will take 15 credit hours of courses such as Database Systems and Rapid Information Systems Prototyping, as well as electives from multiple areas. These include Information Systems, Applied Information Technology, Information Security and Assurance, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Operations Research, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, Psychology, and Statistics.
Just a few elective examples include User Interface Design and Development; Modeling, Simulation, and Gaming; Statistical Graphics and Data Visualization; Global Optimization and Computational Intelligence; Real-Time Embedded Systems; Interactive Graphics Software; Machine Learning; and Enterprise Architecture. With consent of a faculty advisor, students may complete a six-credit MS Thesis as part of the electives.
Graduates of the INFS MS program at George Mason University are prepared for leadership roles across industries. Alumni have been hired at companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Google, HP, Boeing, the Federal Government, Intel, Capital One, KPMG, Goldman Sachs. Barnes & Noble, Deloitte, Raytheon, IBM, Ernst & Young, Intel, PwC, Accenture, FEMA, AOL, Booz Allen Hamilton, ESPN, United Airlines, REI Systems, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Grainger, and the Brazilian Air Force.
Founded in 1949 as a branch of the University of Virginia, George Mason University serves approximately 39,050 students from all 50 states and 130 countries, making it the largest public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. GMU offers more than 200 degree programs across 10 colleges and schools. George Mason University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
23. University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California
University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) sends more graduates to Silicon Valley than just about any other college in the U.S. The schools engineering and computer science programs rank among the best in the U.S., with learning that takes place in state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, and research centers. The School of Information ( I School) at UC Berkeley is one of universities newest professional schools. This graduate education and research community provides master’s degrees and PhD programs that allow students to select a research, major or minor area to match their goals. Examples include Human-Computer Interaction; User Experience Research; Information Visualization; Information Systems Design; Computer-Mediated Communication; Information and Communication Technologies and Development; and Design.
Specific degree options include the Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS); the Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS); and Information Science PhD. Across programs, examples of UX/UI/HCI coursework include Introduction to User Experience Design; Human-Centered Data Management; Storytelling for Your UX Portfolio; Product Design Studio; Applied Machine Learning; Data Visualization; Computer Vision; and Behind the Data: Humans and Values.
All UC I School students have access to the XR Lab@Berkeley—a Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality Laboratory (AR/VR/MR), the student-run Extended Reality@Berkeley (est. 2015), and the FHL Vive Center for Enhanced Reality, which sponsors research and applications in AR/VR and AI.
Collectively, the Labs and Centers at UC Berkeley train Computer Scientists and Engineers in all areas of AR/VR. The Labs also advance the field of AR/VR through development plans, actions, and state-of-art research, while bringing attention to the unlimited possibilities associated with advancements in technology.
The MIMS and MIDS programs culminate with a Capstone Project or Thesis. Some MIMS students design and implement a prototype information system, while others may focus their projects on research for t written Thesis. For their Capstone projects, MIDS students work in teams to create a project to be presented in class, with a web-based final deliverable.
Graduates of the MIMS and MIDS within the UC Berkeley I School go on to work for technology companies, the entertainment industry, non-profits, healthcare, government, financial services, consulting, and start-ups. They work in areas such as user experience research, user interface design, human-computer interaction, data analysis and modeling, machine learning, product management, data visualization, and software development.
Graduates of the MIMS and MIDS programs at UC Berkeley are Product Managers, US Designers, AI & Tech Leads, Interaction Designers, User Researchers, Data Scientists, Machine Learning Engineers, Program Managers, and Research Scientists for companies such as Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon, Visa, Adobe, Meta, Riot Games, Apple, PlayStation, Salesforce, Volvo, and GitHub.
The PhD program culminates with the Dissertation. Past PhD Dissertation examples include Embodying the Future: Modeling Visually Guided Planning as Prospective Mental Stimulation; Creating and Collecting Meaningful Musical Materials with Machine Learning; and Designing Automated Assistants for Visual Data Exploration.
Graduates of the Information Science PhD program at UC Berkeley are tenure-track professors at schools such as Georgia Tech, University of Cape Town, UC San Diego, and of course Berkeley. Alumni are also leaders at Google, IDEO, Airbnb, Internet Society, and AiM Solutions.
Chartered in 1868, University of California, Berkeley was named after 18th-century philosopher George Berkeley. The school serves approximately 45,310 students enrolled in more than 350 degree programs across 15 colleges and schools and dozens of academic departments. UC Berkeley has been fully accredited since 1949 and had its accreditation reaffirmed in 2015 under the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
24. Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) provides programs fine arts, design, liberal arts, professional studies, art education, and electronic media. Across programs, students benefit from interactions with more than 175 visiting artists per year; a student-faculty ratio of 8:1; and curricular projects with partners such as NASA, Microsoft, Google, IBM Research, and the Smithsonian.
At the graduate level, MICA has a variety of programs that prepare students for leadership roles across industries. Among MICA’s graduate programs is a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in UX Design (UXD) that appeals to students with backgrounds in areas such as human-computer interaction, UX/UI, Visual design, interaction design, graphic design, web design, game design, and industrial design. This interdisciplinary program explores fundamental principles of interface design, user-experience, prototyping, usability, and design thinking.
Course examples include Foundations of UX Design; Utility and Usability: Human-Centered Design; UX Product Management; Prototyping; Industry Tools: Exploration & Analysis; and Foundations of UX Research.
MPS UXD students have access to Adobe Creative Suite, Business Source Premier, LinkedIn Learning, Decker Library and Media Resources Center, a business research database, and MyMICA. In addition, halfway through the MPS, students will participate in a two-day virtual industry immersive that consists of collaborating with cohorts; networking with industry professionals; workshops; hands-on activities; and keynotes.
The MPS UXD program at Maryland Institute College of Art culminates with the Capstone Development and Presentation course. Graduates work in leadership roles in areas such as education, gaming, healthcare, and defense.
Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art is the nation’s oldest independent, continuously degree-granting college of art and design. The school serves close to 3,500 undergraduate, graduate, and open studies students from 49 states and 52 countries. Programs at MICA lead to a BFA, MA, MFA, MBA, MPS degree, or post-baccalaureate certificate. Maryland Institute College of Art is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
25. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
The Master of Science in Design + Innovation (MD+I) at University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) is provided through a partnership between five schools and colleges. These include the College of Engineering; the School of Human Ecology; the Art Department within the School of Education; the School of Business; and the Information School in the College of Letters & Science. Because the program is cross-disciplinary, students will work within the art, engineering, business, engineering, and art fields, among others.
Other program features include team-based, real-world projects with industry partners; specialized learning tracks such as UI/UX Design, Communication Design, Design Strategy, and Product Design; the option to mix and match courses from each track to create an individual MD+I experience; and accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Consisting of 30 credit hours, the MD+I at UW-Madison requires 18 credit hours of core courses that provide a foundation in human-centered design. Examples include Advanced Design Thinking for Transformation; Tools for Prototyping and Manufacturing; Strategic Management of Innovation; Data Visualization and Communication for Decision Making; and Managing by Design.
Specializations are 12 credit hours. UI/UX Design and Product Design are ideal options for students seeking advanced or leadership roles in UX/UI/HCI. Students in these specialization will take many of the same courses. Examples include User Experience Design 1; Virtual Reality; Human Factors Engineering; Digital Imaging Studio; Wearable Technology; Virtual Reality; and Technology Entrepreneurship.
Across all specializations, students will complete the Collaborative Capstone I-II courses. Consisting of six credit hours, this culminating experience for the MD+I program provides the opportunity for students to identify a focus area and explore it through prototyping, user testing, and iteration. Students will create a final, high resolution design, with communication and launch plan for a startup, product, or service. Throughout the experience, students will practice behaviors of design thinking including storytelling, ethics, and critique.
The Master of Science in Design + Innovation at University of Wisconsin-Madison can be completed in a traditional format (four years), or an accelerated format in just one to two years. Graduates are prepared for advanced and leadership roles across industries. Examples of companies that have hired UW-Madison graduates include Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Epic, Intuit, Morningstar, and GE.
Founded in 1848, University of Wisconsin–Madison serves approximately 50,660, making it the largest university in Wisconsin. Part of the University of Wisconsin System of more than 161,000 students, UW Madison provides more than 600 undergraduate and graduate majors across 23 colleges, schools, and institutes. University of Wisconsin–Madison has been continuously accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1913.